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Today we’d like to introduce you to Jai Khanna.

Jai, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My family has always been the adventurous kinds. When I was a lot younger, we would head out to core forests and jungles for road-trips every now and then. It was fun, exciting and inspiring to watch them use all their cool camera gear and get those amazing shots of flowers, snow-capped mountains, wild animals and just about everything nature had to offer.

With time, I would often get the chance to get my hands on all the equipment we had. I would point the camera at different things and take lots of photos. Waiting for my father to get the roll film developed was the longest wait ever! I would always be extremely excited to see the result.

As technology advanced, we gave our SLR cameras a break and invested more into DSLRs and digital cameras. I was hooked! My excitement and interest in photography had now started becoming a regular hobby. I began critiquing my own photos and started learning from each one of them. Unfortunately, as I entered college, photography got paused for some time.

When I moved to LA a few years ago, I bought a new camera with a basic kit lens and thought of rekindling my interest in photography. In no time it grew into a passion and I started venturing into advanced concepts and different genres of photography. I now have a much bigger collection of gear than I ever imagined I would own and I love using every single part of it.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Taking photos, for me, is much more than a hobby. It plays a very important role in my life even though it’s not my main line of work. My artwork is based on a lot of nature and travel – mountains, flowers, beaches, sunsets, buildings and cityscapes. Recently, I’ve been hooked on to astrophotography and so you will see a lot of pictures of the night sky, billions of stars and our very own Milky Way in my collection. To stir things up a bit every now and then, I have some fun with product and macro photography and shooting wedding sparklers.

Photography is like the daily morning coffee that you want so bad and just can’t miss. It just makes my day.

It lets me view everything from a different perspective. It allows me to see so much more detail in everything that I see. At some point in the day, I look at the sky or the sunset or the beach from my office and I immediately start thinking of the lens and the settings I would use to capture it.

To me, looking at/experiencing something beautiful, capturing it forever and later going back to relive those moments is something magical!

When I create something keeping the audience in mind, the intended take away in most cases is a feeling that’s a sweet concoction of satisfaction, amazement, inspiration, hope and a little bit of jealousy of not having experienced that moment in person ;).

A strong message that I love to follow is to do what makes you happy because, at the end of the day, that’s what matters.

Photography makes me happy.

The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
I’m fortunate to have a different source of income that sponsors my photographic ventures, but most people in such paths do experience financial problems at one point or another. More often than one would expect, they quit.

Success almost never comes overnight. It often takes a long haul flight to reach you. What this allows you to do is to experiment with different genres, become stronger in your field, get your fundamentals and skills rock-solid and finally realize what you’re style really is (could be more than one too).

You might have to start out with something without having a client and you might even have to work for free initially, but the idea is to build yourself a solid profile that would speak for itself. You should never give up.

There will never be a point where you will be able to say “I know everything now”. Keep learning and keep building. Don’t run after success just yet. Run after excellence (I’m running too)!

Be creative. Stay motivated. Stay inspired!

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Most of my publicly available work can be found on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jai.khanna/

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